Could Aston Villa's Alan Hutton and West Brom's Craig Dawson swap clubs this summer?

Steve Bruce, Manager of Aston Villa gives his team instructions during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Reading at Villa Park on April 3, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Championship hopefuls Aston Villa want West Brom's right-back and the Baggies' Premier League relegation could make Alan Hutton a target.

Alan Hutton of Aston Villa controls the ball watched by Bobby Reid during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Bristol City at Villa Park on January 1, 2018 in Birmingham,...

Could West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa exchange right-backs this summer?

According to the Mirror (15 April, page 61), West Bromwich Albion have joined the race to sign Alan Hutton when his contract at Aston Villa expires at the end of this season.

The 33-year-old Scot has been one of the Championship’s most impressive full-backs this season and would offer experience and versatility to a West Brom side who look certain to be relegated from the Premier League, regardless of that bizarre 1-0 win at Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.

This comes just a month after the Mirror (18 March, page 48) credited Villa with an interest in West Brom’s own right-back Craig Dawson.

Craig Dawson of West Bromwich Albion takes a shot past Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool in the build up to an own goal scored by Joel Matip of Liverpool during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round...

The former Rochdale man, who moved to The Hawthorns as a promising centre-half but has carved out a respectable career on the flanks instead, could be one of the first players to bid farewell to West Brom when relegation is confirmed and Villa, if promoted, could offer him an immediate return to the Premier League.

Although a typical swap deal is not possible given Hutton will be a free agent and is able to choose his own destination, it would be interesting to see Villa’s first-choice right-back rock up at local rivals West Brom and vice versa.

Craig Dawson of West Bromwich Albion controls the ball during the The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round between West Bromwich Albion v Southampton at The Hawthorns on February 17, 2018 in West...

Given that Hutton is proven in the Championship and Dawson likewise in the Premier League, this move could work out well for everyone.

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